Arsenal considering selling ‘one of three big names’ to fund Thomas Partey transfer

Arsenal are keen to get their hands on Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey this summer – and would even be prepared to sell Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira to make it happen.

Arsenal are considering selling Alexandre Lacazette, Matteo Guendouzi or Lucas Torreira in order to fund a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey this summer.

Reports suggest Partey, 27, is ready to join the Gunners after five years at Atletico.

Yet with funds tight as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Mikel Arteta will most likely have to offload players before going after the Ghana international – who will reportedly cost around £36million.

And according to the Daily Mail , Arsenal are prepared to sell one of Lacazette, Guendouzi or Torreira to make it happen.

Lacazette has endured a disappointing campaign at the Emirates, with just 10 goals to show for 32 appearances so far, while Guendouzi has been dropped in recent games amid reports suggesting Arteta is not happy with his attitude.

As for Torreira, the 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a Gunners exit in recent month and could be sacrificed in order to make way for Partey.

The latter has become a key player for Atletico in recent seasons, racking up 181 appearances for Diego Simeone’s side and chipping in with 15 goals.

He was a standout performer in their 3-2 win away at Liverpool in the Champions League back in March, which seemingly impressed Arsenal officials.

But according to Simeone, the Gunners are not the only top European side interested keeping tabs on his star midfielder.

“Thomas is the one who best understands this position and the transition from defence to attack, shooting, scoring, providing assists and playing passes between the lines,” he said last month.

“When he’s at his best level consistently, he’s so good that all the best teams in Europe are looking at him.”

Partey still has three years remaining on his current Atletico deal, but in the current climate it is believed the Spanish club would be prepared to accept a cut-price deal worth £36million to let him move on this summer.